Lahti Mayor Pekka Timonen tells STT that Scania, a manufacturer of heavy vehicles, has today confirmed that it will stop its bus body production in Lahti.

The factory has employed 342 people.

Timonen said the closure of the factory would be a severe blow to the Lahti region, where unemployment is already high.

He said Lahti is now waiting for the state to come to the aid as it did in Naantali and Jämsä.